Bell world and motor sport since the beginning have gone hand in hand.Both from a practical and functional point of view as a stylistic, where the sport’s glamor, excitement and, of course, death is grateful disdain to be associated with that clock manufacturers.
The earliest clocks that are designed specifically for bilbruk’s armbandsurets as well as from the car’s childhood in the early twentieth century. The different clock marks speculated how the watch would be designed to be the easiest avläsbart with your hands on the wheel. This led to the famous models that Vacheron Constantin’s oversizeade variant with watch movements, which re-launched as Historiques American 1921, and the American brands’ experiments with curvexklockor with “curved” works that would sit on the short side of the wrist.
For race drivers and management were stopwatches and Chronographs of the equipment and those developed in the late fifties and early sixties to some of the world’s most famous models; including the Speedmaster and Cosmograph (Daytona) which were both manual treregisterskronografer with column wheel works (Lemania Valjoux respectively), clear and tavel/surface-mounted visaruppsättningar tachymeterskalor for speed calculations. At the same time launched Heuer, who previously had been active in the motorsport world, Autavia, Carrera became the first models in a long series of successful and iconic Chronographs for Motorsport. The line was named after the different race tracks are where perhaps the best-known model is the Principality of Monaco as Steve McQueen wore in the film Le Mans from 1971. Many of the show’s clocks were equipped with it in cooperation with, among others. Breitling developed cal 11/12, who was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement (in competition with the El Primero).
Watches have not only developed for racing, according to EHOTELAT, but often with strong inspiration by the feeling and aesthetics as fast cars have. During the sixties and seventies, it was not uncommon to have checkered flags, speed stripes and, not least, perforated tapes even at cheaper watches, but the really clear link not least from a personal perspective occurred when “Butzi” Porsche (which kept in the pen when the classical 901/911 received their forms) as the rest of the family, Porsche 1972 chose by stepping down from the operation of the automobile company and instead devote himself to other things. For “Butzi” Porsche Design meant to start, whose first product was the classic black Porscheklockan with the then brand-new Valjoux 7750, whose appearance was typical of the intrument that sat in the family’s cars; maximum contrast between black and white with orange accent color. This particular instrument model wristwatch is hardly unusual, but comes in several different variants – from really cheap kvartsvarianter in various brands classic intrumentdesigner, via the neat modern incarnated in mark Autodromo to Giuliano Mazzuolis Contagiri (which means the tachometer in Italian) that we will return to the next part.
A completely fresh novelty among motor sports watches are Swedish Halda’s Race Pilot who just like the brand’s previous Space Discovery has two modules for different looks and functionality; an analog module fitted with a Zenithverk and a digitalmodul that just like the predecessor is specially made for the task; in this case, that mainly help the team staff with information about race tracks, Countdown as well as different timing and calculation features.
In the next part, we will address how the clock and car companies met in collaborations – sometimes more and sometimes less successful.